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  • U of I Flash Index slips to four-year low in July | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of Illinois Flash Index slipped to a four year low in July falling to 102 1 from its 102 3 level in June The slippage from the level it had held for two consecutive months dropped the index to its lowest reading since August 2004 Despite the drop the overall implications of the index remain the same a serious slowdown of the Illinois economy but no recession yet said economist J Fred Giertz who produces the Flash Index for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs An index reading above 100 indicates economic growth in the state Somewhat surprisingly the national economy actually grew more rapidly in the second quarter with a growth rate of 1 9 percent in real terms more the double the 0 9 percent rate of the first quarter Giertz said This may be an indication that the slowdown is over but it may also be a reflection of the federal stimulus package coming into play during this period he said Exports continue to be a strong positive for the economy The real estate sector remains a problem but does not appear to be getting worse The unemployment rate is up both nationally and in Illinois The 6 8 percent rate in Illinois for June is the highest since October 2003 and employment growth has stopped If there is any good news here it is that the unemployment rate is a lagging indicator It reflects what has happened not what is going to happen Giertz said Overall the Illinois economy has clearly slowed but it has the advantage of strong export industries including agriculture and a real estate sector impacted less severely than many other states As with the June index all three components of the index individual income tax corporate tax and sales

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/u-i-flash-index-slips-four-year-low-july (2016-02-17)
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  • Constitutional Convention focus of July 11 event | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    July 11 at an event sponsored by IGPA and the Union League Club of Chicago CHICAGO Illinois voters will be asked this fall to decide whether the state should convene a Constitutional Convention The question is asked every 20 years as required by the current constitution The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and the Public Affairs Committee of the Union League Club of Chicago have asked two uniquely qualified experts to explore the question Lt Gov Pat Quinn and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch will discuss the pros and cons of holding a new convention The discussion is scheduled for Friday July 11 at the Union League Club of Chicago 65 W Jackson Blvd The luncheon begins at 11 30 a m at a cost of 25 per person This year s Constitutional Convention question is of critical importance to all Illinois citizens said Tom Palmen chairman of the Union League Club of Chicago s Public Affairs Committee We are pleased to co sponsor this timely debate with IGPA and to provide a forum for Lt Gov Quinn and Dawn Clark Netsch to present the arguments for and against calling a Con Con Quinn in his second term as lieutenant governor of Illinois led the successful drive in 1983 to create the Citizens Utility Board and has championed other consumer protection tax reform and empowerment causes Quinn supports calling a constitutional convention Netsch professor emerita of law at Northwestern University served as state comptroller from 1991 1995 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994 She was a delegate to the last constitutional convention in 1970 and opposes a new convention James D Nowlan senior fellow at IGPA will serve as moderator for the discussion which will include audience questions Lt Gov Quinn and

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/constitutional-convention-focus-july-11-event (2016-02-17)
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  • Assistant Professor: IGPA and Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    Sociology of the University of Illinois at Chicago are seeking candidates for a joint tenure track position at the assistant professor level beginning August 2009 The Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology of the University of Illinois at Chicago are seeking candidates for a joint tenure track position at the assistant professor level beginning August 2009 The ideal person will have expertise in the sociology of health and or medicine strong quantitative skills a research agenda focused on the policy aspects of their research Candidates with a doctorate in sociology or a doctorate in a related field that included substantial formal training in sociology will be preferred Applicants must have strong commitments to research teaching public service and supervising student theses and dissertations Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience To ensure full consideration applicants should submit a letter of application statement of research and teaching interests curriculum vitae writing samples and three letters of recommendation to IGPA uillinois edu by October 1 2008 The Institute of Government and Public Affairs is a tenure granting policy research institute with a dual mission of research and service to improve public policies and the performance of government The Sociology Department at UIC is an energetic community of scholars committed to teaching research and using sociological expertise to engage with the world for the public good UIC is a Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University located in the heart of one of the nation s largest metropolitan areas It is a comprehensive public university with a diverse student body of more than 25 000 undergraduate graduate and professional students As an AA EOE UIC encourages applications from women minorities and people with disabilities The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer Materials may also be mailed

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  • U of I Flash Index breaks 12-month decline, holds steady in June | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    at its lowest point since September 2004 considerably lower than the level of 106 8 posted in June 2007 However the index remains well above 100 which is the dividing line between growth and decline said economist J Fred Giertz who produces the Flash Index for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs It is unlikely that the U S economy is currently in a recession Giertz said The economy grew during the first quarter of 2008 at a slow 1 percent rate Most observers believe the just ended second quarter will be much the same This is clearly a major slow down but not a recession There is considerable downside risk however Giertz said If problems such as instability in the financial markets or high fuel prices become more severe this could tip the balance Illinois is growing somewhat more rapidly that the national economy Giertz said The state has avoided some of the housing market and subprime lending problems that have plagued states such as Florida California and Arizona and the fallback in the automobile industry that has hurt Michigan and Ohio Illinois has not totally avoided these problems but the impact has been less severe here Giertz said Illinois has also benefitted from the weak dollar which has stimulated certain export industries The heavy spring rains and flooding have created localized disasters but the overall impact on the state s economy should be small All three components of the index individual income tax corporate tax and sales tax receipts were up modestly in real terms from the same month last year The Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for inflation before growth rates

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/u-i-flash-index-breaks-12-month-decline-holds-steady-june (2016-02-17)
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  • Illinoisans express views on higher education | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    money in higher education even if it means investing less in other areas The survey conducted by Knowledge Networks for the University of Illinois Higher Education Summit found that only about 11 percent of Illinoisans believe the quality of education at public four year colleges and universities is excellent At the same time about 73 percent of Illinois residents view a college education as very important to achieving success but are worried about rising tuition costs Only about 44 percent believe the value of higher education is worth the cost The Higher Education Summit brings together leaders from government business civic organizations and education in a discussion of higher education s role in the state More than 160 were registered for Tuesday s meeting at the Chicago Cultural Center The summit is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign IGPA the U of I College of Media and the Forum on the Future of Public Education at the Urbana Champaign campus The survey of 1 143 Illinoisans over the age of 18 was conducted May 5 22 by Knowledge Networks which used a randomly recruited online research panel that is demographically representative of the state s population The survey has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 5 25 percentage points Colleges and universities are key to building a secure future for young people Illinois communities and the economy said U of I President Emeritus Stanley O Ikenberry one of the organizers of Tuesday s summit Our survey results are likely to trigger a spirited conversation about where higher education stands in this state and what needs to be done to move forward The survey indicated that Illinoisans believe lowering tuition and fees and offering more financial aid to needy

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/illinoisans-express-views-higher-education (2016-02-17)
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  • Flash Index of Illinois economy continues slide | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    of Illinois Flash Index first indicator of the state s economy each month continued its downward trend in May falling to 102 3 The index dropped five tenths of a point from its reading in April and reached its lowest point since September 2004 when it was at 102 2 The 102 3 Flash Index reading in May was 4 3 points lower than a year earlier This drop from 106 6 suggests a continued and substantial slowing of the Illinois economy U of I economist J Fred Giertz who compiles the Flash Index for the university s Institute of Government and Public Affairs The index however remains well above the 100 level which is the dividing point between economic growth and decline It is still touch and go as to whether a recession can be avoided Giertz said There is some optimism that the worst may be over but over the past year every sign of optimism was followed by another new problem for the economy The Flash Index has not been below 100 since March 2004 The index has been compiled since 1995 with historical figures computed back to 1981 Two components of the index individual income tax and sales tax receipts were down in real terms from the same month a year ago Corporate tax receipts the third index component were higher The Flash Index is a weighted average of growth rates in Illinois corporate earnings consumer spending and personal income Tax receipts from corporate income personal income and retail sales are adjusted for inflation before growth rates are calculated The growth rate for each component is then calculated for the 12 month period using data through April 30 2008 The index is computed for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs which helps to improve public

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/flash-index-illinois-economy-continues-slide (2016-02-17)
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  • Opinions on an HPV Vaccine for School Girls | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    administered by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs was conducted before the April legislative action In January the 998 respondents to the Opinion Monitor survey were asked question that referred to the original Texas program Depending on the answer a follow up question was asked that introduced one counter argument Table 1 HPV Questions Beginning in September 2008 Texas girls ages 11 and 12 will automatically be vaccinated against HPV a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer Parents who object can file an affidavit to exclude their daughters from vaccination Should Illinois implement a similar program Yes 48 3 No 35 6 Don t know 16 1 If YES Would your answer change if some doctors argued that it is too early to know if this is an effective vaccine Yes 44 4 No 37 6 Don t know 18 1 If NO Would your answer change if the program were not mandatory that is if parents were required to opt in not opt out Yes 44 9 No 46 0 Don t know 9 1 N 998 The survey did not show majorities locked into either support or opposition and the results indicated sizeable numbers were willing to change their position when confronted with only one modification or rebuttal The proportions that changed from Yes to No and vice versa were about the same but fewer of the initial Yes respondents were certain they would not change away from Yes If we thus break down our respondents according to the combined questions we have the following distribution Table 2 Overall Breakdown of Respondents Strong Support IL should implement even if doctors say it is too early 18 IL should implement maybe not if doctors say too early 9 IL should implement unless doctors say it is too early 22 Don t know if IL should implement or not 16 IL should not implement except as an opt in 16 IL should not implement except maybe as an opt in 3 IL should not implement even as an opt in 17 Strong Opposition The initial response to the vaccination program is more positive than negative but there is clear polarization The 27 percent at the top of the scale either stick with their support or waffle on whether or not doctor doubts could shift their view only 20 percent dug in their heels in opposition or were not sure they could switch to support if the program were voluntary With most respondents lying in between the survey indicates both opponents and proponents of the vaccination programs would have ground to cover if they hope to win the public opinion battle in Illinois Since early 2007 we have been assembling a panel of experts in various policy areas who are willing to answer periodic surveys Some of those who were chosen for expertise in health policy were asked the following question in the fall of 2007 Beginning in September 2008 Texas girls ages 11 and

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/opinions-hpv-vaccine-school-girls (2016-02-17)
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  • “Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism: The 40th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission” | Institute of Government and Public Affairs
    be held June 5 6 2008 The opening panel will be held at 6 p m on June 5th at a location to be determined The June 6th full day session will be held at the UIC School of Public Health at 1603 W Taylor St Chicago We will be exploring how issues of race have been reflected in laws legislation and the media The forum will address four major questions The first relates to changes in the nature of race and racism in the USA since enactment of the Kerner Commission Report This question refers to issues such as changes in public policy changes in business and management practices the white black matrix racialization of non white non black groups discourses of diversity reverse racism multiple identities and their impacts on society Second are race developments and policies with a particular effect on families households and communities This topic includes the institutions of support of communities of color and the ways in which they advance or prevent their development today e g health disparities education crime incarceration or housing Here we ask has racism moved from a direct frontal attack on racial communities to more nuanced institutional and structural expressions Has socioeconomic restructuring affected in new ways the living environments and advancement of communities of color Has the socio economic gap between majority and minority communities narrowed or widened Third are the issues of migration displacement and diaspora associated with socioeconomic restructuring today as they relate to race and racism Lastly are the dynamics of convergence and divergence of racialized groups e g Latinos Native Asian or African Americans what is the current stage of relations between or among them How much control of these relations do they have How do multiple racial identities affect the struggle for equality

    Original URL path: http://igpa.uillinois.edu/press/%E2%80%9Creinventing-race-reinventing-racism-40th-anniversary-kerner-commission%E2%80%9D (2016-02-17)
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